January 31, 2020
Doors at 5:30 pm, Presentations start at 6:00 pm
Join us for the second presentation of the Biomimicry Lecture Series at the Calgary Central Library, Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall.
Be inspired by stories about bees, barnacles and more, and learn how strategies used by these organisms are inspiring new technology and design solutions. Organized in partnership with the Calgary Library, Village Ice Cream, and BUILDEX Alberta.
- Moderator and Introduction: Jorge Zapote
University of Calgary | HBI · Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Mindi Summers – From bees to barnacles: design inspired by Alberta native bees and West Coast marine invertebrates
Dr. Mindi Summers is an invertebrate zoologist and biology education researcher at the University of Calgary.
- Dr. John Bertram – Finding bioinspiration: From dino teeth to new age ceramics
Dr. Bertram’s research involves biomechanical analysis integrating tissue, structure and systems levels. His current main focus is on determining the factors that affect movement patterns in locomotion.
- Kai Costantini – Title TBD
Kai works as a Strategic Business Consultant, partnering with regenerative and well-adapted tech ventures and other initiatives.
The Nature Exchange is a new gallery at the Telus World of Science Edmonton where you can trade, analyze, discuss, interpret and catalogue natural items. The Nature Exchange gallery is a truly diverse experience, with an Animal Zone and the Field Station to discover. You can meet George and Badger, the sugar gliders; or Alphie, the corn snake, or Shelob the tarantula, or Iggy the bearded dragon! Participate in unique exhibits like identifying different trace evidence left behind by animals, or studying photographs taken at various Alberta Camera Traps. You can even use microscopes to study real samples, like compare carnivore teeth vs. herbivore teeth. Biomimicry Alberta’s core member Carlos Fiorentino was selected as one of the “Spotlight Scientists,” and samples of structural colour will be included in the gallery.
Mary Glasper (Biologist) and Carlos Fiorentino (Designer) were interviewed as part of module 12 “Products, Science and Technology” of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) BUGS 101 “Insect-Human Interactions”. Mooc’s are a very successful University of Alberta’s initiative partnered with Coursera. Just in a few days more than 2,000 students registered to the BUGS 101.
In BUGS 101 Module 12 Mary talks about the use of silks and Carlos about biomimicry and structural colour.
This pdf is a summary of the concepts learned at the first biomimicry workshop focusing on Life-Friendly Chemistry, held in India on March 2019. This work was informed by lessons from Mark Dorfman of Biomimicry 3.8 and Tim Ward of the University of New Mexico. If you have any questions or corrections, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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LFC Summary Sheet 2019-05-20